Sunday, June 13, 2010
When Did England Get Its Own Flag?
Great job by Team USA yesterday in picking up the tie against England. I won't go into any further soccer analysis, as I would become quickly exposed...but it was a fun game to watch.
That said, one thing that was a bit confusing was England's flag. When did they get this thing? Did I miss the launch along with the new Olympic mascots? Thanks to all three Austin Powers movies and the wrestling great former Intercontinental Champion the British Bulldog (RIP,) I had a very strong idea of what flag stood for England. It was the classic blue, red, and white with interlocking crosses also known as the Union Jack.
Then the game begins and this very basic white flag with a red cross come out, in the stands, painted on people's faces. After some heavy Wikipedia research it appears that the Union Jack is for the United Kingdom, which includes England and Scotland. I think we all had a strong feeling that Scotland had their own flag, but not England. At least me, anyway. I guess while we are at it, can we get some clarification? Where is Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and England? Are these all the same place? It appears England is part of the UK, but what about Great Britain? Where are the Beatles from? I no longer know.
Just Google English Flag. The results alternate between the union jack and the cross flag. Clearly I'm not the only confused person.